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BB-21 USS KANSAS
1904 - 1909


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1910 - 1924


Connecticut Class Battleship: Displacement 16,000 Tons, Dimensions, 456' 4" (oa) x 76' 10" x 26' 9" (Max). Armament 4 x 12"/45 8 x 8"/45, 12 x 7"/45 20 x 3"/50, 4 21" tt. Armor, 9" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 9" Conning Tower. Machinery, 16,500 HP; 2 vertical, triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 18 Knots, Crew 881.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York, Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ., February 10 1904. Launched August 12 1905. Commissioned April 17 1907. Decommissioned December 16 1921. Stricken November 10 1923.
Fate: Broken up for scrap at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard in 1924.
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Connecticut Class104kModel of the name sake Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) and her five sisters:
Louisiana (BB-19),
Vermont (BB-20),
Kansas (BB-21),
Minnesota (BB-22),
New Hampshire (BB-25), as built, dated 23 March 1928.
Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group RG-19N, Box 33. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
BB-21 Kansas 2.10k GREAT NEW SEA FIGHTER AND THE FAIR SPONSOR
Govenor Hoch's Pretty Daughter to Christen the Big Battleship Kansas (BB-21) at Camden Saturday.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 12 August 1905, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas 1.09k Kansas (BB-21) is launched. Biggest battleship built in the East is now afloat. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 13 August 1905, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas 197k Kansas's (BB-21) Sponsor, Miss Anna Hoch,with her parents and Maid of Honor at the launching ceremonies, 12 August 1905. Kansas was built by the New York Shipbuilding Corp. at Camden, New Jersey. Those present are (from left to right): Miss Ora Allen, Maid of Honor; Mrs. E.W. Hoch, mother of the Sponsor; Miss Anna Hoch; and The Honorable E.W. Hoch, Governor of Kansas and father of the Sponsor.
Miss Anna Hoch, sponsor and daughter of the Governor of Kansas, used a bottle of water from the John Brown Spring in Linn County to christen the ship. Kansas being a prohibition state at the time accounted for this deviation from custom. Observers reported the day of the event was "warm and sultry" and the guests at the ceremony "suffered from the heat during several vexatious delays."
Govenor Hoch himself proposed crude oil, but that had too much of a Rockefeller flavor.
Photo courtesy of phillyseaport.org. & submitted by Bill Gonyo. Partial text courtesy of USNHC # NH 52236.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA. & University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo from The Seattle Star. (Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 17 August 1905, Image 3, & Evening Bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1895-1912, 12 September 1905, 3:30 O'CLOCK EDITION, Image 4,via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas 1.29k NEW BATTLESHIP Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 26 August 1905, Last Edition, Part Two, Image 19, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas 803k AN ODD VIEW OF ONE OF THE NAVY'S BIG FIGHTERS
THE BATTLESHIP KANSAS (BB-21)

From a Photograph Taken as the Bow of the Great Ship Struck the Water on the Day of the Launching.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 27 August 1905, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas 779k Making 18.294 knots while running trials in 1906. Photographed by N.L. Stebbins, Boston, Massachusetts. Note that the ship's 7-inch broadside guns have not yet been installed. Text courtesy of USNHC # NH 61136.
US National Archives photo # 80G-1035076 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com
BB-21 Kansas 2.56k NOW SECOND AMONG WORLD'S NAVAL POWERS
Placing in Commission of Uncle Sam's Greatest Battleship, Kansas (BB-21), Gives Country Naval Boost
THE NATION'S PRIDE—NEW BATTLESHIP KANSAS.
THE SAILORS' PLAYGROUND—THE FORECASTLE.
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo by The Cook County Herald. (Grand Marais, Minn.) 1893-1909, 27 July 1907, Image 8, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 11/13/13.
BB-21 Kansas 118k Newly commissioned, 1907. National Archives / USN.
BB-21 Kansas 70k Photographed soon after completion, circa 1907. USNHC # NH 83959.
BB-15 Georgia 450k WON BATTLESHIP'S RACE
PHILADELPHIA, September 24. Victorious in two races, the battleship Georgia (BB-15) arrived at League Island yesterday one hour and seven minutes after the battleship Kansas (BB-21), which started from Cape Cod four hours before its rival. In making this gain of 2 hours and 53 minutes on the Kansas, the Georgia humbled the battleship Rhode Island (BB-17) even more decisively by "sailing it below the horizon" in two hours.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo by The Hawaiian Star. (Honolulu [Oahu]) 1893-1912, 11 October 1907, SECOND EDITION, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas 3.0k WHY & HOW OUR NAVY RANKS SECOND
THE FORWARD 12 INCH TURRET
THE NEW BATTLESHIP KANSAS (BB-21).
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside;
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 September 1907, Image 11, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Connecticut Class577kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter takes a tour of a "Great White Fleet" exhibition at Grand Central Station on 11 October 2008. The exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Great White Fleet which includes models of battleships, artifacts and memorabilia from Sailors aboard the ships and photo displays that tell the of the historical naval mission.
Pictured is a model of the name sake Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) and her five sisters:
Louisiana (BB-19),
Vermont (BB-20),
Kansas (BB-21),
Minnesota (BB-22) &
New Hampshire (BB-25).
US Navy photo # N-5549O-006 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Great White Fleet112kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route to be taken by the Atlantic Fleet's battleships and their associated Torpedo Flotilla, from their December 1907 departure from Hampton Roads, Virginia, until their planned arrival at San Francisco, California, in the spring of 1908. Text below the chart indicates that it was published in mid-December 1907.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106219. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
Great White Fleet 345k The "Great White Fleet" steaming in column, probably while departing Hampton Roads, Virginia, at the start of their cruise around the World, December 1907. Kansas (BB-21) is at left, followed by Vermont (BB-20). USN photo # N-0000X-001 courtesy of navy.mil. Photographed by C.E. Waterman, Hampton, Va.
BB-21 Kansas 70k Kansas (BB-21), probably during the World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-09.Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Indiana1.27kADMIRAL EVANS' FLEET IN HAMPTON ROADS
From left to right: Kansas (BB-21), Georgia (BB-15) & Maine (BB-10).
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from The Times Dispatch.(Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, 07 December 1907, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Great White Fleet112kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 29 January 1907 departure from Trinidad until their arrival at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12 January 1908. It emphasizes the offshore course taken to avoid strong westerly currents off the northeastern coast of South America.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106221. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
Straits of Magellan290k The "Great White Fleet" in the Straits of Magellan, 1908, from a painting by Henry Reuterdahl.Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Great White Fleet129kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the movements of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 8 February 1908 passage of the western part of the Straits of Magellan until their arrival at Callao, Peru, on 20 February 1908.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106227b. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
BB-18 Connecticut185kThe Connecticut (BB-18) leading the other fifteen warships of the "Great White Fleet" into Magdalena Bay, Mexico on 12 March 1908 to take on coal and hold long-delayed target practice.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH-59537, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
PDF Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 March 1908, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas471kScenes on the Kansas (BB-21) yesterday, where tens of thousands saw battleship. Image provided by: University of California, Riverside.
PDF courtesy of Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 20 April 1908, page 3, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas 4.08k Curious Inspecting Turret Guns of Kansas (BB-21). Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo & text by Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, 23 April 1908, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Fleet at Long Beach 507k The fleet at San Diego, Calif., 5, May 1908.
What looks like two Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships to the left; a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship in the center with what might be three other Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships in the immediate distance; two Illinois class (BB-7 / 9) battleships are on the right corner, behind them are the two Kearsarge class (BB-5 / 6) battleships and a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) or Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleship in the right corner of the photo.
Library of Congress photo # pan 6a33626,by W. D. Lambert; submitted by Tom Kermen.
BB-5 Kearsarge 573k Atlantic Fleet entering Golden Gate 6th May 1908. Library of Congress photo # pan 6a33669, from the Panoramic View Co., Chas. Z. Bailey, Mgr., Los Angeles, Cal. submitted by Tom Kermen.
BB-18 Connecticut139kThe Connecticut (BB-18) leading the "Great White Fleet" into San Francisco Bay on 6 May 1908. The original photo was taken by C.E. Waterman. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH-59537, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-21 Kansas 196k Kansas (BB-21) is the second battleship in the left corner of this panoramic photo of the "Great White Fleet" entering San Francisco harbor, May 1908. Library of Congress photo courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil. Submitted by Michael Kirby.
Naval Review in San Francisco Bay, 17 May 1908 155k Panoramic photograph by the Pillsbury Picture Company showing the review of the "Great White Fleet" on 17 May 1908 by Secretary of the Navy Victor A. Metcalf, embarked in Yorktown (PG-1), which is steaming toward the left in the right center of the image. Three destroyers are in the line nearest to the camera (from left to center), with either Hopkins (DD-6) or Hull (DD-7) in the center and Lawrence (DD-8) next astern. Eleven battleships are present, in the rows on the opposite side of Yorktown's course, and seven Pacific Fleet armored cruisers are in the most distant row. Photo # NH 105310, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-21 Kansas 664k Kansas (BB-21) in a California port, 1908. The photo is from a collection called "California Reception to the Fleet 1908. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
BB-21 Kansas 50k Kansas (BB-21) during the World Cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1907-09, in Sydney Harbor, Australia, in late August 1908.Photo courtesy of Warren McLean.
GWF901kTHE ATLANTIC FLEET OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY
From Official Bulletin of Bureau of Navigation showing the Vessels off the Port of Callao practicing the Gridiron maneuver. This is considered by Naval authorities to be the most dangerous evolution in steam tactics and its improper execution caused the loss of HMS Victoria with 798 men in 1893.
Picture faithfully represents the entire Fleet in official formation and vessels can be identified by numbers corresponding to table appended:
First Divison
1. Connecticut (BB-18), Flagship, 2. Kansas (BB-21), 3. Vermont (BB-20), 4. Louisiana (BB-19),
Second Division
5. Georgia (BB-15), Flagship, 6. New Jersey (BB-16), 7. Rhode Island (BB-17), 8. Virginia (BB-13),
18 Torpedo Flotilla
Whipple (DD-15), Truxtun (DD-14), Lawrence (DD-8), Stewart (DD-13), Hopkins (DD-6) & Hull (DD-7)
Third Division
9. Minnesota (BB-22), Flagship, 10. Ohio (BB-12), 11. Missouri (BB-11), 12. Maine (BB-10)
17. Yankton {Special Dispatch Tender}
Fourth Division
13. Alabama (BB-8), Flagship 14. Illinois (BB-7), 15. Kearsarge (BB-5), 16. Kentucky (BB-6)
19. Auxiliaries
Glacier, [refrigerating ship], Panther,[repair ship], Culgea, [storeship] & Arethusa,[torpedo flotilla tender].
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The National Tribune. (Washington, D.C.) 1877-1917, 24 September 1908, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-21 Kansas 101k Kansas (BB-21) in a China Sea typhoon, 1908. USN photo courtesy of David S. Smith.
BB-21 Kansas 66k Crewmen scrubbing hammocks on the forecastle, during the cruise around the World, 1908. Note 12"/45 guns and man inside the winch cover (in center). USNHC # NH 82774.
BB-18 Connecticut99kCommanding officers of most of the fleet's ships, photographed in 1908. Those present include (Seated, left to right): Captain Hugo Osterhaus, of Connecticut (BB-18); Captain Kossuth Niles, of Louisiana (BB-19); Captain William P. Potter, of Vermont (BB-20); Captain John Hubbard, of Minnesota (BB-22); Captain Joseph B. Murdock, of Rhode Island (BB-17); Captain Charles E. Vreeland, of Kansas (BB-21).
Standing, left to right): Captain Hamilton Hutchins, of Kearsarge (BB-5); Captain Frank E. Beatty, of Wisconsin (BB-9); Captain Reginald F. Nicholson, of Nebraska (BB-14); Captain Thomas B. Howard, of Ohio (BB-12); Captain William H.H. Southerland, of New Jersey (BB-16); Captain Walter C. Cowles, of Kentucky (BB-6); Captain John M. Bowyer, of Illinois (BB-7); Captain Alexander Sharp, of Virginia (BB-13); Lieutenant Commander Charles B. McVay, of Yankton.
USNHC # NH 59552.
BB-21 Kansas 133k Print after a sketch by T. Dart Walker, entitled "Christmas Eve in the United States Navy". Its original caption reads: "Giving the famous Highland toast and song for sweethearts and wives. Wherever Uncle Sam's fighting ships are stationed throughout the world, it is the custom of the officers to rise, as here depicted, at the conclusion of the Christmas Eve festivities in honor of the absent home folks. This sketch was made by the noted marine artist, T. Dart Walker, while crossing the Arabian Sea on board the battleship ' Kansas (BB-21)'." Photo USNHC # NH 52239 courtesy ofthe Naval Historical Foundation, Cohen Collection.
BB-21 Kansas 63k Kansas (BB-21), with the Abarenda (Collier No. 13) along her port side, at Gibraltar, circa late January or early February 1909. Photographed from on board another of the Fleet's battleships. Several others are in the background. The original image is printed on post card stock. US Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 106167. Donation of Mrs. Ruth Mayfield, 1973.
Great White Fleet 104k Post card welcoming the "Great White Fleet" to Australia, circa August-September 1908. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106181-KN. Courtesy of Mrs. Ruth Mayfield, 1973.
Great White Fleet 100k Postcard published in Japan to commemorate the U.S. Atlantic Fleet's visit there in October 1908. This card features pictures of the Fleet's sixteen battleships, plus images of three Japanese ladies, plus flags and symbols of the United States and Japan. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106114-KN. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
Great White Fleet 106k Postcard published in Japan to commemorate the U.S. Atlantic Fleet's visit there in October 1908. This embossed card features a broadside view of a Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleship and the message "Welcome American Fleet". U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106121-KN. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-21 Kansas 91k Kansas (BB-21) illuminated with electric lights while at anchor at Villefranche, France during the World cruise of the "Great White Fleet" circa January 1909. The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106202. Collection of Edward Perry, donated by Captain Ralph C. McCoy, USN (Retired), 1974.
Connecticut class 109k One of the Fleet's Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships at Villefranche, France in 1909. US Naval Historical Center Photo # NH 106137. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
BB-21 Kansas 124k Captain Charles J. Badger commanded the battleship Kansas (BB-21) from 1909-11. Digital ID: # ggbain 15455. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-21 Kansas 80k Kansas (BB-21) in an East Coast harbour, circa 1909. The original photograph belonged to the donor's mother, Mrs May Arnold Volz, who had received it from Richard Smith, a member of the Kansas crew. US Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 104037. Donation of Jean L. Volz, 2006 & submitted by Robert Hurst.
BB-21 Kansas 96k Entering drydock in Philadelphia, 1909. LOC / USN photo.
BB-21 Kansas 66k Kansas (BB-21) in port in Philadelphia, circa 1909. Courtesy of Michael Hughes.
BB-21 Kansas 789k Steam rises from the rear smoke stack of Kansas (BB-21) as the crew and ship pose for this 1909 photo probably at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for overhaulat the end of February 1909. Repairs completed 17 June, the battleship began a period of maneuvers, tactical training, and battle practice which lasted almost until the close of the following year. Photo by William H. Rau from "Our Navy", published by the L.H. Nelson Co., Portland, Maine in 1917, courtesy of David Johnston (USNR).
 Hudson-Fulton Celebration 93k Battleships anchored in the Hudson River, off 145th Street, New York City, during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, 25 September - 9 October 1909. Photograph by Thaddeus Wilkerson, 522 W. 145th St., New York, reproduced on a postal card. Ships present are (from left to right):
Louisiana (BB-19);
Idaho (BB-24);
Kansas (BB-21);
Vermont (BB-20) &
Connecticut (BB-18).
Identification on the first two listed is certain. That on the last three is probable.
USNHC # NH 91471, Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1980.
BB-21 Kansas 577k A group of jackies from the battleship Kansas (BB-21), now at anchor in New York harbor for the holidays. The boys have bought several Christmas trees, for their mascot, a pet monkey. There are nine other battleships in the port, and many as 8000 jackies get their shore leave together at which period there is a plenty doing. Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from The Stark County Democrat. (Canton, Ohio) 1833-1912, 30 December 1909, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

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